Reconstruction of the Underground Service Networks in the Historic Center of the City of L’Aquila

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Client Gran Sasso Acque S.P.A.

Location City of l'Aquila -Abruzzo

Status Completed

Reconstruction of the Underground Service Networks in the Historic Center of the City of L’Aquila

Final Design, Executive Design and Safety Coordination during the Design Phase

The project originates from the will of the Department of Reconstruction of the Municipality of L’Aquila which expressed the need to rationalize the technological systems in the subsoil, to eliminate cables from the facades of the buildings in the historic city center, involving Gran Sasso Acqua S.p.A., in addition to the task of carrying out the interventions within its competence, in the action of coordination between the various service managers and to verify the feasibility of building “smart tunnel” in the central area of the city.

The aim was to promote the reconstruction of the city of L’Aquila according to the dictates of the concept of “Smart City :

Use of network infrastructure to improve efficiency economic and urban development where the term “infrastructure” refers to services to businesses and residence, for the time quality of life and ICT (landline and mobile phones, satellite TV, computer networks, e-commerce, internet services)”.

The main objective is therefore to rationalise distribution through the use of defined S.S.P. infrastructuresas underground structures, compliant with the UNI-CEI 70029 Technical Standards intended to accommodate all network services compatible under safe conditions.

The advantages can be summarized as follows:

  • Economic advantages, especially for network maintenance activities and for new connections;
  • Environmental and landscape advantages related to the reduction of noise and dust caused by excavations for maintenance;
  • Advantages on urban decoration by eliminating the old lines from the facades of buildings;
  • Advantages in terms of efficiency, being able to reach all points of the city and at the same time eliminating possible barriers for new digital technologies.

It is therefore important to note, in the construction of underground plants, three types of

Organization of sub-services:

  • in trenches after laying directly underground or in pipes under pavements or other road appurtenances;
  • in Polyfore windows, artifacts prepared underground for the threading of cables;
  • in multi-purpose structures, walkable multi-service tunnels (S.S.P.).

The Project received Urban Promo Magazine Award  in the Urban Management Technology Category